Tips for Protecting Your Home From Wind and Hail Damage

Severe weather can cause damage to your home but there are certain steps individuals can take to assure they are putting up the best protection possible. While no one can predict just how a certain weather event may impact your specific property, knowing you have taken all of the possible measures to keep you, and those who live with you, safe is extremely important. As weather patterns transition seasons from ice and snow to heavy rains, wind, and thunderstorms the potential for hail to arrive also dramatically increases. These damaging ice stones falling from the sky can wreak havoc on your home, automobiles, plants, and virtually anything else in its way. Hurtling toward earth like supersized frozen rain drops, this weather phenomenon can be extremely unsafe. In addition, the likelihood of damaging winds accompanying these types of storms is all too familiar. Coupled with the recent seasonal change and uptick in severe weather, taking steps to provide protection for your home and family is more important now than ever.

It has been a few years since Colorados last major hail catastrophe but statistics still recognize the state as being one of the most prominent places for this type of weather to occur in the country. Given the mountain range and corresponding air temperatures, storms throughout both the spring and summer routinely possess elements necessary for hail production. This is not only bad for crops and other outdoor foliage, but it can (and routinely does) cause significant damages to personal property – such as a home or automobile. While you may not be able to prevent hail storms and high winds from happening, there are plenty of steps people can take in order to at least offer some form of protection – including a few preventative measures.

Regular Inspections

Regular annual inspections are critical to the lifespan of your roof. Not only are these recommended much like humans visit their medical professionals each year for a physical, but it can also be important to survey the area following all severe weather events. Depending on how intense a storm was, completing another inspection may ultimately save you money. Much like individuals visit their doctor when ill, roofing companies can pay a visit to ensure your home remains protected following any suspected damage.
Routine Maintenance

Not only are inspections critical to keeping your roof in the absolute best shape possible but taking action in the event of any found damage is also helpful. Instead of leaving any suspect areas unattended, homeowners can rest easy knowing they are constantly providing the best safety and security for their families. Instead of only attending to your roof when a problem arises, understanding and executing all necessary routine maintenance will keep your roof ready to defend against the elements.

It would obviously be nice if a roof would last forever but unfortunately, that is not real life. Instead, homeowners can expect to get about 20 to 30-plus years of proper coverage, depending on the construction materials used, before having to think about a full replacement. However, once the time comes and signs of wear and tear begin to arise on a roofs surface – taking immediate and professional action can help keep the suspected damage from getting worse.

Another factor which will mitigate damage amounts received from severe weather is the roofing material used. While each construction component has a list of positives and negatives associated with their installation, one factor homeowners should address is their ability to withstand hail storms. One common debate, regardless of a propertys location, is between choosing metal or another material. While metal roofs commonly withstand hail damage (depending on its size), a shingle roof will take more punishment, but rubber performs quite well during severe weather.

Tree Trimming

Trimming any low hanging tree branches or limbs back away from your home can also help in keeping the property armed for protection against severe weather. In fact, the complete removal of all large trees which may cause significant damage during a storm, could help side-step a potential disaster. From high winds toppling over these tall trees after rain has softened the earth, keeping your home and roof free of debris or damage is important.

Roof Structure/Design

Even the architecture of your home can play a critical role in potential hail damage from storms. Flat roofs covering large surface areas are more prone to damage than those with a high pitch. The angles make a considerable difference with hail falling from the sky but the wind is also going to play a factor in how hard and frequent any direct strikes would be occurring.

Homeowners Insurance

Another way to keep your home protected is through a solid homeowners insurance plan. Individuals living in areas facing multiple hail storms a year should ensure their coverage contains a clause addressing such an incident. By taking this preventative action, should a damage causing weather event occur, then any necessary repairs may be covered to some degree.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!

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